The NDP transportation critic has renewed her calls for the federal government to implement a private members bill she introduced in the House of Commons to make side guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada.
It follows the deaths of several cyclists who died beneath the wheels of big trucks in Toronto and elsewhere.
Cambridge, Ont.-based Shu-Pak Equipment Inc. says it will now install the guards on all new trucks it manufactures.
Standing next to family members of a Toronto cyclist who was killed by a truck, Chow thanked Shu-Paks president David Tanner for making the move voluntarily.
This is via the Cycle Toronto Facebook Page. Cycle Toronto has been working hard pushing for all of these (see their letter to the Board of Health here). Kudos to Jared, Siva, the Board and the many many wonderful volunteers of Cycle Toronto as well as TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership.
City Council has directed staff to report back to Board of Health on
1) Developing new standards to ensure safety of cyclists in construction areas;
2) Amending the municipal code to ban storage of construction materials in bike lanes;
3) Regular tow blitzes for cars parked in bike lanes
4) Better intersection markings to protect cyclists
5) Consistent snow clearing in bike infrastructure
View City Council Motion: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.HL23.7
It’s a good vision… but without money and commitment, it’s only a vision. Let’s make it a reality, please?
It would be easy to dismiss Ontario’s new cycling strategy with a cynical, “So, what?” This province and its capital, Toronto, are, well, streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document will not make it catch up.
The strategy, cutely named #CycleON and announced by the Ministry of Transportation on Aug. 30, is full of gauzy rhetoric and capital letters. “At the heart of the Strategy are a bold Vision, ambitious Goals and a set of carefully targeted Strategic Directions,” it pronounces.
Great article from the Star about Toronto’s 5 fittest councillors.
The best part, unsurprisingly, is that 4 of them stay fit by making cycling a regular part of their lives.
I’ve excepted parts of the article below:
Karen Stintz – The Runner
Interesting financial goings-on down at City Hall:
The chair of Toronto council’s public works committee has come up with a way to prevent the Bixi bike-sharing company from swirling down the drain: let another company build fewer toilets.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s toilets-for-bikes brainwave was tentatively endorsed by the city’s transportation chief, Stephen Buckley, in a confidential report obtained by the Star. The proposal, Buckley says, could eliminate Bixi’s $3.9 million debt and put the company “on solid financial footing” for the government takeover he is recommending.
Read full story: Toronto Star.